New Mexico to hire Locksley, fourth black coach in FBS

Updated: December 8, 2008, 5:43 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley has agreed to become the head coach at New Mexico, making him the fourth African-American head coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the former Division I-A.

Locksley, who also interviewed for the vacant head-coaching position at Clemson according to a source, was is in his fourth season as offensive coordinator at Illinois.

A news conference to introduce Locksley in Albuquerque is set for Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

He will replace Rocky Long, who resigned Nov. 17 after 11 seasons as head coach.

A 17-year coaching veteran, Locksley previously was running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida under Ron Zook, with whom he works at Illinois.

Information from ESPN.com's Heather Dinich was used in this report.